Brats and Veggies Braised in Beer by Chef Shannon Smith
I love shopping at my local farmers market, picking up seasonal vegetables and meats grown on farms near my home and not thousands of miles away. My favorite farmer is Nate, a California native who moved to Oklahoma to go to college. He fell in love with my home state and bought a farm where he has raised pigs, chickens, turkeys, and beef for the past 5 years. His business, Prairie Creek Farms, has flourished, and the meat he sells is some of the best I’ve ever tasted. The jalapeno brats are my favorite, and if I’m not grilling them in the summer, I’m braising them in beer during the colder months. This recipe is good any time of year and is an easy one-pot dinner that serves a lot of people. Be sure to visit your farmers markets and support the people who work so hard to raise and grow our food.
Jerk Chicken Pasta by Chef Shannon Smith
About the Chef: I'm Shannon Smith, chef and explorer of the world. I've known the Prairie Creek Farms crew for over three years, and I absolutely love everything about them. I use all their meat products in my cooking, and if I can't make it to the farmers market, I get a smiling face delivering my order at my front door. Their eggs are the best I've ever eaten, and they're the only ones I use to make fresh pasta. I've visited the farm many times, and you can feel the enthusiasm of every person who works there to bring the best and healthiest meat on the market. One of my favorite chicken recipes is Jerk Chicken Pasta, which I learned to make in the Cayman Islands. Find more of my recipes and travel stories at Chef Shannon Smith | Cooking & Travel And go visit Prairie Creek Farms!